Today I received an email announcing new certification courses from Blackboard. Every administrator around our system did as well. We have a large body of certified trainers and administrators with multiple individuals at every campus who have been through the certification plus all the functional support have been through both training and admin certification.
I’m not a big fan of certifications as a way of determining what people know. I do think having so many people go through the certification has allowed us to use jargon consistently. Pre-cert, we’d have to waste time explaining what the jargon means. Post-cert, everyone seems to understand these terms. Sure, we are constantly expanding the terms used, but its nice to have a common basis.
Back to the email…. Here are the certifications mentioned in the email:
- Blackboard Learning Systemâ„¢ GUI Administrator Certification
- Blackboard Learning Systemâ„¢ Server Administrator Certification (NEW)
- Campus Edition GUI Administrator Certification
- Vista GUI Administrator Certification
The points of the message were, I think to announce the new “server administrator” certification and remind people about the existing ones. Initially I was interested because I thought it meant there is a new certification for Vista, whose license name is Blackboard Learning Systemâ„¢ – Vista Enterprise Edition (say that 3x fast), but no… Its just for Academic Suite.
I think Blackboard’s marketing department should do a better job of understanding which products their customers use. Highlighting to over 60 people here in Georgia they are offering cool things to the clients who were not spoils of the WebCT buy isn’t helping Blackboard.
tag: certification, Blackboard Inc, WebCT